Five Years

Frequency Martial Arts & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - Bloomington, IL

Where Do You See Yourself In FIVE Years?

If you would have asked me that in 2015, I wouldn’t have imagined that I would be in my current position.

ROCK N ROLL DRIVER – THE LAST DJ

In 2015, I was in my 13th year working in rock radio; getting paid to play songs that I love on the radio while sharing my thoughts on current events and things taking place in my life.  The owner of the jiu jitsu school I had been training at for the last two-years had decided to close the school down but gave me the opportunity to buy the school from him.

My amazing wife supported me to take the leap but she also gave me a hard deadline to make the school pay for itself.  THANK YOU MOLLY FOR THE SUPPORT!  There were NINE full-time students when I took ownership of the school.  As of this post, the atmosphere created by the team has allowed the school to grow to 100 students!

A year after rebranding the school, after changes with management at the radio station that I had worked at since 2002, I decided to leave at take my services across town.  Again, with the amazing support and encouragement from my wife, I took that leap.  Going from playing the music I love and seeing all those concerts as “part of the job” to go play TOP 40 music, i.e. Maroon Five, Sia, Justin Timberlake was tough.  However, it was better hours, pay and more time to run the jiu jitsu school since my workday was done at 11a.

MOVING ON OUT!

In April of 2018, I pulled the trigger and moved the school out of its original location that was under a bridge, limited parking and lighting.  While the rent was cheap, the school was growing and I had just found out that the limited parking that I did have was about to be even less spots due to the city fencing off the lot we were using.

CHA-CHA-CHA-CHANGES

Just 6-months after the move, my bosses at the radio station asked me to change my position within the company.  Going from being on the air, to sales.  I had spent 15-years being on a microphone and now I’m being asked to knock on doors to get business owners to spend marketing dollars with me.  It was a little nerve racking and I honestly thought the I wouldn’t last 6-months. 

The pressure was on to grow the school in case radio sales flopped.

It’s been close to two-years since the move to radio sales.  I have been excelling at the position and hitting my weekly goals.  I’ve applied what I have learned on the jiu jitsu mats and from running the school to my daily routines of working with the business owners that I meet.

There is never going to be a “perfect time” to do something.  The time is going to pass, so I encourage you to take that leap as the uncertainty of what’s on the other side could be the motivation that you need to being even happier.

TIME JUST FADES THE PAGES IN THIS BOOK OF MEMORIES

Where were you five years ago?  What did you do that led you to your current situation?  What actions are you going to take to get to the goals you are setting for the next five years?

Where do you want to be in FIVE years?

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